Focus on Education

April 2022

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STEAMing Full Speed Ahead In The School City of Hobart!

The School City of Hobart has always embraced STEM/STEAM which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. We implement these areas in the education of our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to give experiences and knowledge in many aspects of life and careers! In doing this our Brickies become exposed to creative process, meaningful collaborations with other classmates, critical thinking, problem-solving, hands-on learning experiences, and different ways to value the arts. They have created structures that get tested for durability, electrical hookups that bring projects to life, programming through coding, printing 3-D masterpieces, creativity of designs, and so much more.

All of our schools have a Makerspace where students gather at larger workspaces to let their minds open to creating what they imagine. The possibilities are truly endless! Projects as simple as taking pasta and marshmallows to build a structure to building an electric go-kart that we actually race takes place right here in our schools. No matter what direction your students grows up to take, these lessons can always be implemented in life and the best part is that they are having fun while doing it! Just look at some of these amazing talents our Brickies have that otherwise they may not have known they could do! The mind is limitless and so are their capabilities and talent! Check out the video below by clicking play or by visiting

STEAM in the School City of Hobart!
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Innovate WithIN Has FIVE Brickie Teams Heading To Finals!

Innovate WithIN is the most elite pitch competition in the country for aspiring high school innovators and entrepreneurs. Student contestants have an opportunity to win $25,000 in funding, tuition, and other prizes! This year they had a record breaking amount of entries and with only 11 being able to advance to the finals in each region, we were excited to see the selection results. The School City of Hobart had not one, not two, but FIVE teams advance to the finals that will take place on April 18th at Purdue Northwest.

These 11 teams in total were selected from over 400 regional applicants and they each have a chance to win $1,000 dollars and advancement to the State finals in Indianapolis. We are confident our Brickies will continue to shine and wish them the best of luck!

Our Brickie finalists are:

Certikey by Conner Niemann, Andrew Navarro, and Brett Herrin

Clockworks of Indiana by Ethan Pinegar and Leandra Kelly

Flower Power by Morgan Sanchez and Elijah Puente

Patchables by Kayla Davis and Isis Fleming

WRM Medical Bands by Jelena Kolundzjia

Read more about the program and the details for the Regional Finals in the article below!

Attend Innovate WithIN For Free!

Interested in seeing the new ideas created by our Brickies and other schools around the region? Join us on April 18th for FREE! Simply click this button to get your ticket!

Key Club Dominates At State Competition!

Key Club had an amazing weekend at their state convention this weekend. The club came away with the following awards and titles:

The club was presented the Riley Award for their dedication and donations to Riley Hospital for Children.

Senior Piper Logan was awarded Distinguished Club Treasurer.

Junior Alyssa Toscani was awarded Key Clubber of the Year.

The following students were elected into division and state positions:

Alyssa Toscani was elected the Calumet Division Lieutenant Governor.

Gianna Rodriguez was elected the Bulletin Editor for the state.

and Louis Gallegos was elected Governor, the highest position a student can hold in the state.

With a grateful heart, Mrs. Polizotto would like to thank seniors Elijah Puente, immediate past Governor, Meghan Horn, immediate past Calumet Division Lieutenant Governor and Events and Planning Chair, and Caryssa Roark, immediate past Bulletin Editor for all of their hard work and dedication to Key Club at the state level. You're leaving big shoes to fill.

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Lights, Camera, Action! "Bring Back the 80's!"

It was an incredible show that will go down in the books! After being in front of a very limited crowd for a couple years, our Brickies were finally able to pack the house and show off their many talents. From behind the scenes to front and center on stage, each student played their role and played it perfectly. The choreography, singing, costumes, make-up, it all shined and took many of us back to the days before cell phones and computers and gave us some great laughs.

Through some trials and tribulations these Brickies persevered and performed entertainment the whole time. Outstanding performance to all the Brickies and the Hobart High School Performing Arts Department! We know it takes a village to put a show on and you all rocked it!

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Our Mathletes Are Really Adding Up!

Each of our elementary schools conduct timed fast math quizzes to ensure that students understand and comprehend a subject that, let's face it, is used daily in our lives! We have all heard the slogan "practice makes perfect" and these online quizzes give the students an opportunity to not only practice their basic math skills but also push the limits with what they can do!

Each student takes the quiz and grows at their own pace. Starting with addition and subtraction, they can take the test as many times as needed to move on to the next level. Once they complete all levels they earn a shirt! From there, no matter their grade level, they can start practicing multiplication and division to advance their skills. Pretty cool and they wear them proudly. Some students even go beyond by continuing their multiplication and division quizzes but at a faster speed! When this happens our Administrators and Superintendent take a special moment to celebrate the student!

Mathletes In The School City of Hobart 21-22

Our Kindergartners Are "Peeping" It Real With Baby Chicks!

Students spent two weeks in March studying the life cycle of an egg. Classrooms were equipped with incubators and each received a dozen or so eggs. Students carefully studied the eggs each day. They learned that they need to gently turn the eggs each day in order for the chicks to develop, use quiet voices in the classroom and the critical temperature the eggs must be kept at in order for the chicks to have the best chance to develop. They were thrilled to witness the hatching process and be joined in their class by joyful peeping of their newly hatched friends!

Thanks to Karp's Garden and Feed in Hobart for supplying us with the eggs and taking care of the chicks now that they hatched!

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Cody Johnston Is Flying High!

It is no secret, the Johnston family knows how to pole vault and how to do it well! Reaching back generations, the Johnstons have always shined in their athletics and Cody, the youngest of the immediate family, is following the footsteps and doing it well! He has started this track season off with a fire and it does not look like it is dying down anytime soon.

Starting the season off, Cody competed in the Hoosier State Relay Qualifier at Purdue University and with the crowd cheering him on, conquered a 16'0" jump that landed him in 1st place! The following weekend, he took a trip to New York City where he competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals and walked away with not only a 6th place finish but All-American Honors and a 16'3" jump - 1 height away from the top spot!

You would think it may die down from there, but he didn't! He then attended the Adidas Track Nationals at Virginia Beach where, along with some great experiences, earned a 4th place finish. Then most recently we went down to Indiana University and not one earned a title of Hoosier State Relay Champion, but also blasted through the previous record for that meet and broke his own personal record with a 16'7" jump!

We know that you will continue to push yourself and do your absolute greatest. Best of luck with the rest of the season to Cody and all of our Brickie athletes!

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Teacher And Coach, Betty Funkhouser, Receives Award From The Mayor!

When we hear the name "Miss Funkhouser" or "Coach Funky" we ALL know who that is. Betty Funkhouser has been an asset to the School City of Hobart for many years helping students break out of their shell, see their potential, and strive to make their goals. She is a teacher and coach at Hobart Middle School, but it does not end there. Her words of encouragement, her natural positivity, her smile and energy, her life lessons are carried on through each individual during their high school careers and beyond. It is amazing to hear from alumni that not only remember her but also strive to live their life with the same passion Miss Funkhouser lives hers.

Recently she attended our Board meeting where she was awarded the 'Rachel Rodriguez Memorial Award' from the City of Hobart Mayor, Brian Snedecor "In memory of the spirit of dedication to the children of Hobart shown by Rachel Rodriguez, your faithful dedication to the children of the City of Hobart best exemplifies the love Rachel also held for the children in our city."

Miss Funkhouser is very much deserving of this award and we are so thankful and honored to have her as one of our amazing Brickie teachers, coaches, and motivators. Thank you for all you do!

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Hobart University Web Page

Here you can find all of the details, requirements, expectations, etc. for our FREE Hobart University!

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Upcoming State Test Schedule And Resources

Clicking this link will take you to our web page where you can find what tests your student will be taking, the dates they will take them, and helpful information to prepare them in the best way!

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· Start by visiting Indiana Career Explorer

· Compare the estimated net price of attendance at Indiana colleges through Indiana College Costs

· Learn about career interest inventories, education requirements for different careers and more at Learn More Indiana.

· Check out the Indiana Career Hot Spots for the most recent companies currently hiring in the State or the Hot Jobs in Northwest Indiana where you will find in-demand careers and their wages right here in the Region!

· O*NET® Career Exploration Tools - Self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help you consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. The tools are also designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition.

· Go to My skills. My future looks at the jobs you have held in the past to determine some similar positions for you in the future. It also allows you to learn more about those recommended careers.

· Skills Profiler - Use the Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to jobs that use those skills

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April's Wellness Calendar

Click this button to access April's Wellness Calendar! This month is focused on exercising your mind and body. Get outside - Spring is in the air! Focus on positivity and being active. Set a small goal for yourself, conquer it, and set another one!

Parent and Caregiving Wellness

Again this month we included our 1000hrs of outside time goal! It is amazing and, though sounds intimidating, is very doable! Especially when we have a great National Park within minutes of us!

Our body and mind still need fresh air and sunlight. Even though it may be a little chilly outdoors, we can still go for a nice walk or play at the park. As the sunlight increases, let’s all set a goal of getting 1000 hours of outside time. Here is a tool to keep track of your time as well as ideas. 1000 Hours Outside Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Zoladz for this resource. This has become a goal of their family this year. 1000 hours – We can do it! Let’s get outdoors and begin to enjoy the fresh air.

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Finally, it is Conversation Time!! Yes, actual face to face conversation!

A meal together may be brief as we have many activities in the evening; however, use the time as a chance to learn and listen to each other. As you sit down together for a meal, give these conversation cards a try.

United Ways Resource Round Up

Need assistance? The Lake & Porter County United Way are teaming up with this great resource!! Assistance with food, utilities, rent, clothing, mental health, burial, child care, computers, education, dental, domestic violence, & much more!

*NEW* School Resource Officer Safety Minute

Take a moment to listen to Sergeant White's Safety Minute, SRO at Hobart High School!
Simply visit or watch the video below!
Sergeant White Safety Minute Video
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2022 - 2023 Registration: Open For Everyone!

Please note:

NEW to the District implies that you do NOT have other children in the School City of Hobart. If you are simply registering a new student, such as a kindergartner, then you can do that through your parent Skyward.

Affidavits: If you are needing an affidavit, you must have an appointment. Appointments can be made at

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Scheduled eLearning Day and Freshman Orientation!

Friday, April 1st, 7am

School City of Hobart

This day is one of our scheduled eLearning days. Students will login to Canvas for any assignments from their teacher(s) and can reach out to them with any questions via email between 9am and 3pm.

Freshman students will be attending their tour today at the high school. More information was sent to the parents via Skyward.

Finalizing Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, April 6th, 6-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Seniors and Parents are encouraged to attend for FREE help in finalizing their college funding plan.
Experts from INvestED will discuss hot to compare college financial aid offers and options to cover and remaining balance.
The goal is to help you better understand your funding options as you plan for education after high school.

Kindergarten Kickoff!

Thursday, April 7th, 6-7pm

Early Learning Center at George Earle - 400 N. Wilson Street, Hobart, IN 46342

Get ready to watch your child grow!
Join the ELC with your incoming Kindergartner where you will learn about the school, get a tour, meet the teachers, and more! Great way to introduce your little one to their new school and encourage them to get excited for the fall!

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Parent Night!

Monday, April 11th, 5-7pm

Hobart High School - Either 5pm - 6pm or 6pm - 7pm

Join us on our NEW DATE, April 11th, to learn how your student can become a Certified Nursing Assistant through Hobart University all for FREE! This is open to all parents and students that are interested in learning more about this program.

Incoming Freshman Parent Night

Monday, April 11th, 6-7:30pm

Hobart High School

8th grade parents - Are you ready to have a high school student!?! Join us on our NEW DATE of April 11th, to learn about what high school will have to offer and get a little tour. Another great opportunity for your Brickie to get more comfortable with the school too.

Brickie Makers & Innovators Showcase

Wednesday, April 13th, 6-8pm

Hobart High School Fieldhouse

Join us for a walk around the fieldhouse to see all the creations from our Brickie Makers and Innovators! Come at any time you wish, and walk at your leisure while marveling in the imaginations of our students. What they create and do will amaze you!

HHS Talent Show - April 14th and 16th!

Thursday, April 14th, 7pm

Hobart High School Theatre

Join our Brickies as they take the stage to show off all of their different talents! We are excited to have them back on stage this year!

TWO shows:

April 14th at 7pm and April 16th at 7pm

Brickie Kidz Preschool Open House

Thursday, April 14th, 5:30-7pm

Hobart High School OR The Early Learning Center

See the classrooms, meet new friends, play, and meet the teachers!

See the flyer above for more details.

Willy Wonka Children's Theatre Performance

Saturday, April 30th, 7-9pm

Hobart High School Theatre

April 30th and May 1st - TWO NIGHTS!

Join the Hobart High School Theatre Department as they put on their Willy Wonka Children's Theatre performance! It is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face. More details will be posted on our social medias closer to the date!

6th Grade Orientation - RSVP by April 14th! Parent Night Information Too!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm

Hobart Middle School

Parents, you should have received an email during the end of March with all of the details regarding 6th grade orientation. You MUST read through the details and RSVP via the simple online form by April 14th! Also, feel free to join us for the parent night taking place that evening where you can meet and experience the staff and school just like your Brickie did!

1st Grade Orientation

Tuesday, May 10th, 5-7pm

Your child's home school: Joan Martin, Liberty, or Veterans Elementary

Mark your calendar and get ready to bring your 1st grader to their new school! This gives your child a great opportunity to meet the staff and see the classrooms with you by their side. Then you can talk about how exciting it will be over the summer! Keep your eye out for all the details.
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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington, Sarah Ramos, and Beth Black

The School City of Hobart does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or disability, including limited English proficiency.

Contact us through the directory.

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